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The nickel boys : a novel

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"As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."  In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.  The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy."--

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Avon Free Library FIC WHI (Text)
Adult Fiction
52113300506506
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Bloomfield Public Library FIC Whitehead (Text)
Adult New Materials
52133300134604
Checked out
09/04/2019
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Caledonia Library Association FIC WHI L (Text)
Lease
52135300308740
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Clifton Springs Library Fic Whi (Text)
Adult Fiction
52115300369215
Checked out
09/09/2019
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Cordelia A. Greene Library - Castile FIC WHITEHEAD (Text)
Adult Fiction
52136000244318
Checked out
08/28/2019
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Geneva Public Library WHITEHEAD (Text)
First Floor New Books
52118300983266
Checked out
08/31/2019
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Lima Public Library MCN FIC WHI (Text)
McNaughton
52139000870421
Checked out
09/06/2019
Livonia Public Library FIC WHI (Text)
Adult New
52140300570075
Checked out
09/09/2019
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Lyons Public Library F Whi (Text)
Adult Fiction
52141300542775
Available
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Macedon Public Library FIC WHI (Text)
Adult New Fiction
52121300731719
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